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Woman tells of disbelief at being raped in taxi

28 Oct

A young Mitchells Plain woman told the Cape Town Regional Court of her anger and disbelief at being raped on the back seat of a minibus taxi on De Waal Drive.

“I couldn’t believe it really happened to me,” she told the court during her second day in the witness box.

The 24-year-old woman, whose identity is being protected, was testifying against her alleged assailants, taxi guard Tony Myburgh and driver Peter Andrews.

The men are on trial in connection with 20 counts of rape and attempted rape and robbery involving nine women and one man. They have pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

On Tuesday, the woman testified that she was held at gunpoint by the men for about three hours on June 14, 2007.

She said Myburgh and Andrews drove to De Waal Drive, where they took turns raping her.

The woman testified that around 2pm that day, the men dropped her in Strand Street in the city centre, returning her taxi fare.

The court heard on Tuesday that the woman did not identify the men in a police line-up, nor via a photo parade.

While under cross-examination by Myburgh’s lawyer, Andre Kirsten, the woman revealed that she decided to attend court about a year later, without being subpoenaed, to see the men who had allegedly raped her.

In a statement to police on May 12, 2008, she was quoted as saying that she “regularly” went to court to follow court proceedings. But on Tuesday she said: “I only attended court once. I told him (the investigating officer) I was at court and he probably wrote it in his own words.”

When Kirsten asked how she knew the accused were the men who committed the crime, she responded: “Because I won’t forget their faces.”

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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Have your Say

 

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